Workers strike back

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The strikes slowed down when the pandemic hit. There are now signs that the picket lines are bouncing back amid fresh activist anger.

  • What’s new: Production halts at Kellogg’s cereal plants across the US after 1,400 workers left for work In a bid for better profits (and worry about job outsourcing).
  • The last time there was a strike by grain workers on the company was about 50 years ago.
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Also this week: hollywood production worker signed off To authorize a strike on better labor conditions and higher wages.

  • There is no strike now But this move – the first in its 128-year history – means they can call at any time.
Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Note: Year-to-date data for 2021 includes the Kellogg strike; Chart: Thomas Oide/Nerdshala

big picture: Workers are harder to come by, possibly giving employees more benefits for the demands. This may be one reason why strikes are well below pre-pandemic levels.

  • Still, employers aren’t bowing all the way, creating enough impasse to strike in the first place.

what to watch: From Hollywood studios to factories, a halt to work could threaten America’s recovery – already stricken by a shortage of goods.

  • “My guess is that Kellogg’s will try to bring in outside workers to start some of our lines to keep food in its network,” says Daniel Osborne, a maintenance planner at the Kellogg’s Omaha, Nebraska, plant, adding that it’s difficult for the company. It is possible . (That worker lacks again.)
  • Osborne is the local chief of the national union behind the week-long strike nabisco factorywhich ended last month.


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